75 episodes

Not Just Cute, the Podcast is like listening to a conversation with your nerdy best friend. Who happens to be obsessed with child development. Each episode covers a different topic related to parenting, early childhood education, and healthy, whole child development in order to support teachers and parents in serving young children.

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children Amanda Morgan

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

Not Just Cute, the Podcast is like listening to a conversation with your nerdy best friend. Who happens to be obsessed with child development. Each episode covers a different topic related to parenting, early childhood education, and healthy, whole child development in order to support teachers and parents in serving young children.

    Episode 75: Empowering Parents as Teachers - Mobile Early Education Outreach Team (With Play Smart Literacy)

    Episode 75: Empowering Parents as Teachers - Mobile Early Education Outreach Team (With Play Smart Literacy)

    In episode 74, I introduced you to Michele Dineen-White, the creator of Play Smart Literacy in Chicago.  Play Smart Literacy is a truly mobile outreach program, meaning that rather than hoping parents can overcome the burden of traveling to a specific location to receive services, Play Smart Literacy goes out into the community, particularly in vulnerable areas, to contact families and meet them right where they are – both literally and figuratively.  They teach workshops at laundromats, gas stations, and standing in line at the market. 
    The passion for this program - and what it does for children and families - is contagious!  In fact, many members of the team were once on the other side of the program – they were parents learning for the first time that talking and playing with their babies could make a meaningful difference in their development.  They saw the benefits of the program with their own eyes and in their own homes and decided they wanted to share that message with other parents. 
    In this episode, I talk with members of the Play Smart Literacy team, about why they're so passionate about their work, what that work looks like, and how they've seen it change lives.

    • 47 min
    Episode 74: Innovative Early Education Outreach that Actually Reaches the Children - Play Smart Literacy (With Michelle Dineen-White & Talmage Steele)

    Episode 74: Innovative Early Education Outreach that Actually Reaches the Children - Play Smart Literacy (With Michelle Dineen-White & Talmage Steele)

    Michele Dinneen-White was working in an early education outreach program when she realized something.  The program wasn’t actually reaching out to the families who needed it most.  Those families were still required to find the time and the means to get their child to the center in order to receive services.  And for many, that barrier was just too much to overcome.  So Michele decided to create something new.   The program is called Play Smart Literacy and it serves families in the Chicago area.  It’s a fully mobile outreach program, one that actually reaches OUT and INTO the most vulnerable communities.  And what is their mission?  To build language and relationships through play. 
    Michele and her parent play leaders go to where the families are – parks, shelters, mobile markets, Head Start and early care programs, laundromats, gas stations – and they build real relationships with the families they meet, while at the same time building the families’ understanding of the connections between play, talk, and child development …AND building their confidence as parents as well.  Their message is clear:  EVERY parent has the ability to have a strong positive influence on their child’s future.

    • 58 min
    Episode 73: Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom (with Prerna Richards)

    Episode 73: Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom (with Prerna Richards)

    Challenging behaviors seem to be on the rise in preschool classrooms.  Prerna Richards, of Together We Grow, specializes in supporting educators with a behavior coaching program.  In this episode, she shares what she believes is behind this increase, and what can be done to better help our youngest learners.
    Find Show Notes : https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode73

    • 48 min
    Episode 72: Fairy Tales and Resilience (with Stephanie Goloway, EdD)

    Episode 72: Fairy Tales and Resilience (with Stephanie Goloway, EdD)

    Once upon a time.....

    ...Happily ever after.

    These are common fairy tale phrases. But they're more than just staid story stems. These common phrases -- and the stories in between -- hold not only a recipe for imagination and fantasy but also for resilience.

    Stephanie Goloway (EdD) is a powerful advocate for the importance of imagination, play, and storytelling.  As a now-emeritus professor, she’s taught young children as well as college students and has focused her research on how fairy tales align with and support child development.  She’s written a book called, Happily Ever Resilient, where she shares how the ordinary magic of resilience is woven into the extraordinary magic of fairy tales, supporting all children as they face the challenges of life.
    Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode72

    • 57 min
    Episode 71: Bringing Families to the Library with Play (with Tammie Benham)

    Episode 71: Bringing Families to the Library with Play (with Tammie Benham)

    Most people associate the library with silence.  But what if we associated it with play?  
    In this episode, I’m talking with Tammie Benham, Youth Services Consultant for the Southeast Kansas Library System. Tammie believes that where libraries, children, and families intersect, magic is possible.  And she’s set out to make that magic through a family engagement program focused on using play to teach, encourage, and support families in the communities she serves.
    Find Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode71

    • 53 min
    Episode 70: Why We Need Play for All

    Episode 70: Why We Need Play for All

    We started this series with the overall argument for why play is essential for human development.  The next three episodes dug deep into three main themes: Why we need play for mental health and wellness, for brain development and real learning, and for soft skill development.  Then, we shifted to several shorter episodes, touching on specific types of play and how they contribute to development.  In this final episode, I’m talking about why ALL children need play, even when others may think it’s time to help children “catch up” instead.
    Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode70

    • 14 min

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39 Ratings

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